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PHSI2008: Applied Physiology

The study of physiology is in essence the understanding of the integration of function and homeostasis. In this unit you will extend your learning in MEDS2001/PHSI2X07, applying your understanding of basic physiology to applied, systems-based scenarios in three modules: exercise physiology & nutrition, applied body systems and biomedical engineering. This will consolidate your conceptual understanding of physiology and the homeostatic mechanisms that can change in disease. To support your learning you will undertake laboratory activities that involve experiments on humans as well isolated tissues, with an emphasis on hypothesis generation and data analysis. These sessions will consolidate your conceptual understanding with practical application of core physiological principles in an experimental context. Additional workshops and tutorials will develop critical thinking, your understanding of the applied nature of physiology, and generic skills in scientific writing and presentation. The practicals and tutorials also emphasise group learning and team work. Completion of this unit will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the complex systems that regulate the human body and provide the platform for undertaking a major in Physiology in third year.

Code PHSI2008
Academic unit Department of Medical Sciences
Credit points 6
PHSI2X07 or MEDS2001 or PHSI2X05
Assumed knowledge:
Human biology; (PHSI2X07 or MEDS2001)]

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Explain the role and basic workings of the major systems of the human body
  • LO2. Articulate and demonstrate the methods used in the physiological sciences and be able to explain why current scientific knowledge is both contestable and testable by further inquiry.
  • LO3. Explain the role and relevance of physiology research findings to society including the translation to clinical and medical outcomes.
  • LO4. Demonstrate the ability to integrate physiological knowledge to knowledge in other disciplinary areas of the biomedical sciences.
  • LO5. Collect, synthesise, analyse and critically evaluate physiological data and information from a range of sources.
  • LO6. Define a physiological problem, formulate a hypotheses and plan an investigation and, in the process, understand the ethical and regulatory frameworks relevant to Physiological science and academic integrity.
  • LO7. Select and apply practical and/or theoretical techniques or tools in order to conduct an investigation in Physiology.
  • LO8. Demonstrate creative and innovative approaches to problem solving in the field of physiological research and work effectively, responsibly and safely in individual and collaborative contexts.
  • LO9. Communicate observations and experimental findings in Physiology and their implications through a broad variety of media to diverse audiences.
  • LO10. Apply tools and practices that will help you in your life-long learning.